Teachers want to teach The Seattle Times has long portrayed a dim view of teachers’ unions, but it is time for the public to have a clear understanding of what school employees hold dear to their hearts. [“Seattle schools start today as teachers OK contract,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 4.] Despite the disrespect shown to many school…More
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A level playing field Now the big negotiation piece for teachers is being evaluated by test results. [“Seattle teachers to vote on new pact,” page one, Sept. 2.] Well, let’s make it a level playing field. If teachers are held accountable in this manner, so should the administration, students and parents. Should class size be significantly lowered…More
Teachers and parents should stop whining Everyone is tired of Seattle area teachers whining right around school start time. This time it is about using test scores to judge them. [“Teachers vote down contract proposal,” NW Tuesday, Aug. 27.] I have two issues with this anti-test-score perspective. First, if tests are good enough to affect or determine…More
Institutional failure It is with a certain grim satisfaction that I have been following the stories about the Seattle schools’ special-education program. ["Seattle falling behind on special-ed reforms," page one, Aug. 7.] Most of your readers probably assume this program only serves a small number of kids in “special-ed” classrooms, the kids with profound learning difficulties…More
Mixed messages for children I do understand the sensitivity in public schools toward guns [“School suspends boy, 7, who chewed tart into ‘gun’ shape,” News, March 5]. I myself am very concerned about guns in this country. I am wondering, though, about a nation that expels a young child from school for chewing his pastry into…More